(the ascent of , or the going up to ); also MAALEH-ACRABBIM (the scorpion pass ),
A pass between the south end of the Dead Sea and Zin, forming one of the landmarks on the south boundary at once of Judah, (Joshua 15:3) and of the Holy Land. (Numbers 34:4) Also the boundary of the Amorites. (Judges 1:36) As to the name, scorpions abound in the whole of this district.
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Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Akrab’bim'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary".